Pontresina was first mentioned in documents as early as the 12th century, for even then the quaint mountain village at the entrance to the Val Bernina was of great importance. In 1850, the first inn was opened, which marked the beginning of the tourism boom. In the course of time, stately Engadin houses and stylish hotel buildings were added. Already in those days, the noble society of the Pontresina Grand Hotels liked to stroll along the main street - to see and be seen. And this virtue has been preserved until today: strolling is the best way to discover Pontresina.
The definition of 'strolling' is walking around slowly (to see others and to be seen) without a specific goal, and it is something that can be practiced wonderfully on Pontresina's long main street. The word comes from the French, and for a long time, strolling was reserved for the noble élite in big cities like Paris or London.
With tourism, however, this cultured and sophisticated upper class of the cities found their way into the Engadin and spent their days in Pontresina strolling in the pleasant fresh air. The trend of strolling, which the ladies and gentlemen of the grand hotels were so fond of celebrating, has become more commonplace over time and fortunately still exists today. The main street with its many stores, boutiques, and sun terraces still inspires and, especially in summer, invites guests and locals to linger, discover, and enjoy.
There is always something going on in Pontresina. During the day you can let off steam at the many sporting events, compete with others, or simply enjoy the Engadin landscape. In the evening, concerts, artistic performances, and culinary delights are waiting to be discovered. Whether you stroll through Pontresina traditionally like a socialite or more casually in sportswear is up to you, but we look forward to welcoming you soon.
The more than 20 hotels in Pontresina offer something for every taste. Whether you're looking for a youth hostel, 5-star traditional hotel, or a sporty hotel - your dream vacation is just a click away.
Our restaurants will spoil you with delicious local specialties as well as top international cuisine that leaves nothing to be desired. And if you want to bring back a souvenir for your loved ones at home, you will surely find it in one of the many boutiques. If you are also interested in the unique history of the village, you should definitely sign up for a free guided tour of the town. Discover the diversity of Pontresina - here you will find everything your heart desires.